Co-op pledges cash after Poppy Appeal thefts

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THE Co-op has pledged to donate £50 to charity for each of two collection tins stolen from its stores.

As reported, four Poppy Appeal collection tins were stolen in Southsea last week, plus another was taken from a store in Denmead.

Shoplifter Lewis Healy was jailed for two of the thefts after he was caught on CCTV.

The 26-year-old, of Mayhall Road, Copnor, was sentenced to six weeks in jail for each theft.

He admitted taking two boxes – one from the Shell petrol station in Goldsmith Avenue and one from the Co-op in Highland Road, both in Southsea.

But police are still hunting the culprits for the other three thefts – one on Thursday, November 6 from the Co-op in Highland Road, Southsea, two on Friday, October 7 at the Co-op in Albert Road, Southsea, and the Southern Co-op, in Hambledon Road, Denmead.

A Co-op spokesman said: ‘With customers at our Denmead and Southsea stores generously donating money to the poppy appeal that was then stolen by thieves, The Southern Co-operative has offered to donate £50 per collection tin that was stolen.

‘This money will go to the Royal British Legion so that the charity does not lose out as a result of these disgraceful thefts.’

A spokesman from Shell did not want to comment when approached by The News and said that it already donated to the Royal British Legion.

Police are appealing for witnesses, call 101 with information.

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